Knowledge Plans for Life-Long Learners - Core Tasks and Essential Skills
Presented By 2050 Knowledge Corporation – Speaker – John Boon, J.D.
 
For everyone – because everyone must now be a life-long learner and effective actions require planning.  
 

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“True literacy is about learning, unlearning and relearning – and the need to continually classify and reclassify information.” Alvin Toffler (Future Shock – Third Wave – predicted digital age impacts)

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Knowledge is key to security and success – not how it is gained or credentialed. Making a living, running an enterprise, expanding wealth and acting socially or politically depend – on our values and principles – and on what we know and can do.
 
Life is no longer (if it ever was) about studying for a few years and then “Launching” into adulthood with a package of knowledge that you apply for a lifetime. Everyone now must adapt, learn more and continually reinvent and re-launch themselves – as citizens, workers, business owners, investors and consumers. 
 
Education freedom is about a person being free to pursue and prepare – with studies or inquiries of choice – for the opportunities of life, work and business they aspire to – not those others restrict them to. It is about providers being free to develop and provide education services that learners demand.
 
Lifelong learners must exercise that freedom – and that involves a few core tasks and essential skills.
Summary Outline
  1. Knowledge Plans
    1. Learners must proactively seek out sources of the information they need – formal education, life and work experience, training, self-directed learning or mentorships.
    2. They must drive education and training innovations that help them – status quo forces won’t do it.
    3. Their knowledge management plans must exist, be adaptable and reflect realities and goals.
    4. How to manage the inflow deluge – hiding does not work.
    5. How to assess, organize and store information with common digital and physical systems.
    6. How to get beyond what others offer and current silos of expertise or interest – no need to be an expert in all areas – grasp what you know, don’t know and need to know.
  2. Critical Thinking – Skillful Skepticism – Skills of Journalists, Lawyers and Managers
    1.  Learners must engage in skillful skepticism – and legal and critical thinking.
    2. How to use the techniques of journalists, lawyers and judges skilled thinkers and managers.
    3. How to identify key parties and relationships associated with a matter – and their rights, duties, purposes, intentions, motives, principles, needs, wants, goals – and cause and effect relations.
    4. How to assess, question, categorize, validate and verify information.
    5. How to question – categories, claimed complexities or over-simplifications, claimed destinies, a claimed majority and claimed urgency.
  3. Debate and Dialogue – Reality and Value of Legitimate and Divergent Views
    1. Every person must engage others in personal, political and commercial forums – where differences are inevitable and an openness to constructive engagement is essential.
    2. Divergent views are inevitable and necessary to uncover facts, issues and solutions.
    3. How to – assess legitimately different views – reject impulses to focus on the negative – reject fear and blame instincts – see real proportions – avoid generalizations.
    4. The lost art and skill of debate and dialogue – similarities and distinctions.